Halloween Friday Letters

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Friends! I hope you are having a spooktacular day! Here are this week's Friday Letters. Hope you enjoy!

Dear God, Sometimes I wish I could knew what you already know. I wish I knew how my kids lives are going to turn out. I am always wondering what the future holds. I guess I am just going to have to wait and see. I am grateful for everyday I wake up breathing....simply because of my kids and family. The kids changed everything about me.

Dear Halloween, I am shocked at how fast you popped up this year. With the kids growing up, we are having to find other ways to celebrate. Some might see it as not such a loving holiday but is fun for the little kids and we are going to make it fun around here tonight too! 

Dear Laura, I wish we were there to watch your little ones go out! I am sure it will be both fun and exhausting taking two toddlers out trick or treating but they will love it! Send pictures! 

Dear Scott, Have I mentioned I hate your hours at the new dealership. I know you are selling triple the cars but we miss you and want you home more with us. I don't know what gives. One minute I am scared about you be home and not working and the next thing is I don't really like the hours when you do go back. The car business is brutal and I wish you didn't have to work so much. 

Dear Cold Weather, Yea...you know how I feel about you. And they said upper South Carolina might have snow today. Seriously...wtf? I don't feel like dealing with the fireplace today so I guess we will be using the heat. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Dear Mom,Sorry you are feeling so bad. I hope today is better. Just take it easy and let Don take care of you. I love you. 

Dear Chris Christie, You might be the best chance the Republican Party has for winning the Presidency but I still don't think you are the right choice. Your mafia attitude is just too unclassy for the White House. Seriously dude...its stops being funny after seeing you huff and puff over and over. Do us all a favor and just don't run. 

Dear Shanna, Sorry we didn't talk yesterday. That sure doesn't happen often does it? Call me when you get up. Love you bunches. 

Dear Jackson, Screwing around with your bedtime on school nights is not good. You can not stay up all night playing on your tablet and expect to do good in school. You will be tired and grumpy and not learn what you should. So put down the electronics and get some sleep at night. I love you.

Dear Super Cooper, You must really be chasing something right now. Your feet are sound asleep, feet moving, doggie grumbling in your sleep. I am guessing you are chasing a ball or something. You know its about time to wake up and get a run in on the treadmill. The cooler weather should make it easier on you. 

Dear Nails, Everyone thinks you are fake. I guess I should take it as a compliment. I will have to do a video explaining what worked for me. But you are looking great and I love it! 

Dear Laci Renee, You have such a busy fast life. I seriously can't even begin to keep up with where you are or what you are doing. I am just happy things seem to be working out well for you with your job and relationship. Being with your best friend does make a huge difference. I love you. 

Dear Pedifiles,  I think everyone of you who have molested and hurt kids who are out in the community should be locked up in jail until the holiday is over. That's what our town did last year and I sure in the hell hope they are doing it again.
Dear House,I have been slacking a little with you. The good thing is, you will wait for me. But it's hard trying to keep you clean and perfect all the time. I have just kinda figured out that its still our home even on the messy days. Thanks for protecting us from the weather and keeping us safe day after day. I might want to move but I am grateful for you anyway. 

Dear Day, I have a lot I need to do today including running errands. If the days goes as planned, I have a lot to do. Gosh....I am dreading it already because I am running behind. O-well...gotta dress warm and head out soon.

Dear Sony Viao, I am so disappointed I can't get another. Thanks a lot Sony for not making them any longer. Now I have to wonder into the laptop world and find the right one but I am just not sure. So I guess I better take damn good care of you! 

Dear Body, Why are you cold all the time? There are days when its 78 in the house and I am still chilly. Yea. I am just not made for cold weather. Please start to feel better...also get caught up on the sleep you so desire because I am tired of sleeping in late. I have things to do! 

Dear Grandma,I miss you and seriously thinking about making you special Halloween popcorn balls. Gosh...I can't count the times you handed me a popcorn ball on Halloween. I miss you and I'll try to call you later today. 

Dear Dad, You enjoying the westerns I have been putting on upstairs during the day for you? I imagine that Heaven is so beautiful that you don't need to spend time around here but I can feel you. I think you hang around because you know how much I miss you and I think you probably miss me too. So enjoy the tv....and come see me in my dreams. 

Dear Ocean,I miss you. One day we will be together again. I swear I am going to put my foot in husbands butt to move to you. Its time...actually its past time.

Dear Jordan, I really miss you. Seriously  do. I wish more than anything that you could get the courage up to simply say, " Hi Mom" and you'll be amazed at how fast your life changes. 

Dear Romeo, I don't think anyone will ever really know how special you are to our family. I love you kitty kitty.

Dear Trick or Treaters, I hope you all have a wonderful night. Just don't eat too much candy and get sick! I hope you guys all remember to really brush your teeth before bed tonight too! 

Dear Youtube & Bloggy Friends, You guys are such sweet readers and viewers. I love hearing from you and I love that you find this a soft place to visit when you have time. I hope you all have a wonderfully Spooky Friday! 
Happy Halloween! 

Evening Edition.....Thankful Thursday ♥

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello friends! I am back this evening with my Thankful Thursday post. I like this kind of blog post because no matter what is going on there is always something to be thankful for. Even though I post this one day of the week, but if you can't wake up and find something to be thankful and grateful for each day, the fault is within yourself. Open your eyes and realize how many things there are to be grateful for. Here's my list. Hope you enjoy!

For the warm fireplace warming our house. I just got it going and I am thankful that my toes are warming up!

Things calming down with Jackson at school. He's not so happy about the measures we are taking to protect him but that is besides the point. If he is going to be in any school, we will go to any level to make sure he is protected. Plain and Simple.

I am thankful for my wonderful subscribers who come back everyday and share our lives. I get so many emails and comments from other mothers and women who share in the same struggles, happy times, and life situations letting me know I am never alone. I can't tell you how much that means to me....I am so thankful.

I am thankful my mom is doing better from having her wisdom tooth cut out. She called today. I didn't realize she was having the procedure and she called today and I thought she was having a stroke or something. I was ready to call 911 until she started trying to explain why she couldn't talk. Sigh...just thankful its only a tooth.

I am thankful for my bad habit of just tossing the hot fireplace poker into the wood pile is changing. I would seriously use it and toss it right on top of all the wood stacked by the fireplace. Can you say....FIRE HAZARD?  Yea... my dumbass is working hard on hanging it back up.

I am thankful that our youngest kitty cat Cupcake is finally starting to act like a cat. It's no secret that Romeo rules the roost around here but shy little Cupcake is coming into herself more and more....even picking fights! I am just happy she is starting to act like a normal kitty cat instead of a scared kitten.

I am thankful that my oldest son is finally starting to reach out. Its been a difficult relationship but if he wants me to be his mother, he has to allow it. We miss him so much and are thankful that he is trying in his own ways. Hopefully he will get the get the courage up to come be apart of our entire family.

I am thankful for the sleep I have been getting lately. For whatever reason... I have really been sleeping in later than what I want. But that tells me.....my body is needing more rest. So be it.

I am thankful that Eric Frein was captured today. You know the guy living in the woods like he was Rambo or something. He was a danger to that community in every way. So I am glad its over and now he can stand trial for the murders he did. Good Riddance. Enjoy your life in prison.

I am thankful for my son's friend Hunter's parents. They seem completely normal.. get along great with us and its nice to know another family in the neighborhood. If I have to be here, I mise well make some friends. And they are pretty cool! We are actually looking for houses elsewhere but who knows if we will really move or not.

I am thankful that little Brittany Belle went and competed with the cheer team and it was their first time. They placed 6th but it still taught them a lot. They all know now how it works and can do better next time. We are still very proud of them. Brittany say's it was one of the most stressful times of her life ( you know being 13 and all ) but she loved it and I am glad they worked hard enough to get there in the first place. You can find my princess with the little yellow heart under her.

I am thankful that Trina and her husband is coming down for Thanksgiving. We miss seeing our family up north so much that we love it when we can all get together. So she is coming... and who knows which kids are coming but no matter who comes.....we will have a wonderful time.

I am thankful that my husband is trying so hard to get things right around here. Its hard being the head of the family and I know he has a lot on his shoulders. I am thankful for his effort. However, I miss him a lot....as does Jackson.

I am thankful that my sister is growing up in such a different way I did. She is younger, a free thinker, and I am proud of her. The same with our oldest daughter Laura too. I am thankful both those girls are doing well and making us proud.

I am thankful for God listening to my many prayers. I am sure he wishes I would just shut up sometimes but I am thankful for a bigger energy that calms me. I call it God...and I know to take nothing in this life for granted. It could all be over in the blink of an eye. Last night we lost a family member on Scott's side in a terrible hit and run accident. She left 2 children and a very hurt mother. So take nothing for granted. Each moment of the day is precious.. even the bad moments. As long as you are breathing you have a chance to do things better.

I am thankful for the family time we had last night carving pumpkins. We had made it a tradition carving pumpkins together as a family. If you were to go back you will see how much better we have got over the years! It's fun and gave us some great memories hold on to.

I am thankful that the spare bedroom is picked up again. I don't know how a room we don't use gets so messy but it does. I spent a lot of time in there last night cleaning up. It looks so much better which makes me happy!

I am thankful for the stars. So many late nights I let the dog out and wait looking up at those beautiful stars and moon that light up the sky. The beauty in a private quiet moment of star gazing is something everyone should experience.

I am thankful that I have stuck pretty well to my October grocery budget. Right now... I could seriously go to the store but I am waiting a couple more days and dealing with it. I have cupcakes to make tonight or tomorrow and we are having a fun Halloween dinner. I already have everything needed so no need to go shopping. I hate budgets but if we are ever going to actually save money, I have to try to stick to one. My husband doesn't like budgets either so its a challenge for us. The grocery was pretty easy to stick to... but its not so easy in other areas. One step at a time.

For all the great companies who want to work with me. It seriously means a lot. I have been blogging for a long while and I love working with companies who are new to me and also who's products I use and love. Its pretty nice. I always give honest reviews and I try to make them fun and easy to watch. If I love it... I love sharing it!

I am soooo thankful that Brittany Maynard  has changed her mind about ending her life on November 1st. I tried... I really tried to get on board with her right to take her own life. At least while she is still functioning. I kept asking how does she know that November 2, 2014 wouldn't be a wonderful day if she didn't take that pill. Wait. just wait. I support her taking it in the long run. Just wait though. And really it should be up to God when we go. Like or not, he intended us to be here for a certain amount of time. It just broke my heart and I am so thankful she is waiting.

I hope you guys have a wonderful night. I am off to make a quick weeknight dinner. We have a bunch of tv shows that we love coming on tonight so we are going to cozy up to the warm fire and enjoy a night in front of the tv. See ya tomorrow. Feel free to let me know what you are thankful for by linking your blog post or video in the comments. xoxo

Large Drugstore Haul - Video -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hello friends! I am back tonight with a fun Large Drugstore Haul! I have not been makeup shopping in a while so I dug out a old gift card and headed to CVS. If you want to see some of the new items I picked out, enjoy the video below! 

Thanks so much for watching. Have you found anything new items at your local drugstore that you are loving!? Let me know.

Have a blessed and beautiful night.

Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce from over at From This Side of the Pond ....this is always such a fun linkup.. join in anytime! Hope you enjoy. 

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?

Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

I grew up in a hunting family but that didn't turn me into a hunter. Really in this house we don't kill anything for sport. Now my ex husband and father are deep in it but it's just something I don't really think we should do unless we are planning on eating it otherwise it's just cruel in my eyes. 

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?

We live in the mountains so there are always great places to get a birds eye view of the area. One of our most favorite places with some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen have been at Lake Lure. 

We hiked hours up to that flag...exhausted ourselves but the views were simply amazing. 

3.  Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

Nope not a ton. I like birds but we have 4 cats and there is no place safe in the house where the cats can't get to it. One time I even hung a big cage in the middle area of the room hoping the cats would cope and not get to it.. However, they were seriously swinging from the cage. I learned quickly there is nothing I can do to change a cat's nature. And for some reason...keeping a caged bird inside doesn't really feel right to me anymore. Maybe it's the animal lover in me that just hates to cage any animal. I do really like birds though.. so I guess I am just going to have to live with the little song birds that sing to me on a daily basis in the spring, summer and even now.. they are still out there every day chirping and singing. I totally love it. I need to get out some bird feeders to help them while things start dying down for winter. I am sure going to miss them while its cold. 

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'?

Boy this one will shock you guys. But I recently found spy software that monitors everyone's phone in the house. And that's killing more than 2 birds. Yep.. husby and kids. And I don't keep it secret either. I have trust issues and I would rather know than guess on just about everything. And to be honest it gives me a sense of peace to know they are telling me the truth and it also gives me the stark reality when they are being dishonest. In my home transparency is mandatory.  Plain and Simple. And my little phone software is killing 4 birds with one stone! :)

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?

When Doves Cry - Prince -

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

The other night I was squat down in the laundry room floor grabbing out clean towels from the dryer when I swore I heard my son talking to me. I even respond with something like " hold on "...I could hear him still rambling on about something and continued get them out. When I was finally done, I went busting into his room, asking about what he was saying and saw him sound asleep in bed. I can't explain it but it sure spooked me and made the hairs on my arm raise....so I guess that is kinda like goosebumps. Maybe I am going crazy and hearing voices but I really could hear him talking. Idk. 

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

Oh gosh... my most memorable costume would have probably been a smurf. I was painted all blue and it was messy and awful to get off. But I totally loved being a little smurf! I was also a smurf in the fall school festival parade but that time it was super cold and I was miserable the entire time! This Halloween I think Jackson might be going out with one of his friends. He didn't want to go but now he does....and I think I will be making some kind of spooky Halloween dinner! I think its still fun to do that no matter if you have little kids or not. Its a great simple way for adults to celebrate without a big costume party or going out. Oh! I think later this afternoon after school we are carving pumpkins! Husby is going to be off work early so hopefully we have a good time doing that together! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I seriously can't believe how fast October has gone by. Soon we will be in another polar vortex freezing our butts off. To me it seems like we barely had a summer and now we are entering the shorter days and its going to be just that much harder to find motivation. I really have some big jobs to do before it gets cold like cleaning out the garage and getting the deck winterized and so on. Another sign we are done with October is little Jackson's birthday!

He turned 12 on Thursday. He is very eccentric and picky but we gave him the exact birthday he wanted and I think he was pretty happy with the way it turned out. He didn't want a party.. but he had other birthday demands that were a breeze to do instead of party planning. I can't believe he is already 12 years old.  My daughter will be 13 November 2...so the years are really passing by. No wonder I look different in the mirror now. Life is moving right along....at a much faster rate than I ever expected.

I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed day!

What''s Cookin' Our Daily Meals - Video - 14 + Dinner Menu Ideas!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a beautiful Tuesday! I am back today with another What's Cookin' Video for ya! I do these videos vlog style showing some of the prep and cooking....not just your borning we ate this on Monday and so on. You will actually see a lot of the before had work and many of these meals are quick weeknight dinners anyone can make. Hopefully the video below gives you some ideas of some meals your family might like too. Enjoy!

I don't really post recipes to go with a lot of these dinners. A few of the dinners are posted on my main channel that were in this video like the plated meals and the chicken broccoli quinoa bake. And don't forget that you can get entered in the plated giveaway right here and I even have another giveaway going on with Bouqs flowers...click here for that video and giveaway! If you have any questions about anything in the video be sure to let me know! 

Have a great evening! 

Free Sample of Salada Green Tea & More

Monday, October 27, 2014

If you are a tea lover this freebie is for you! Head on over to the Salada Tea Facebook page, give them a “like” and click on the “Encourage Prevention. Brew Hope” tab to get yourself a free sample of Salada Green Tea + a coupon. Also $1 donation will be made to the American Cancer Society in your name. Hurry before they are gone! 

Week in Review October 20-27, 2014 w/ Day in the Life Vlog! - Happy Birthday Jackson! -

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. As many of you know... I post a week in review recapping what happened over the week & weekend. Its something that I have been doing off and on for years. Its just a simple way to give you guys a glimpse into our weekend. I also vlogged a little each day which you can see in the video below. I have been trying to move all my video's to my main channel including the vlogs but for right now I am uploading them to both channels. I think that is the best way to do it right now but eventually they will probably all move to my housewife life main youtube channel. I hope you don't mind but I have been trying to figure out a way to make everyone happy. I don't expect you to watch them twice but now you will be able to find my vlogs on both channels. ↓Here it is↓ Hope you enjoy! More pictures and info below! 

This Past Week:

So this past week, was mostly about Jackson. He had his 12th Birthday and it pretty much took up a lot of our time. Its hard watching the kids grow up so fast but it is nice to see them mature and grow into their own little people. I started out the night before and got the breakfast table set up for the birthday to start his day off good. That also meant that I had to get up early and get the candles on his morning cupcake. Scott normally does the morning shift but this was a special day that I dragged myself out of bed, lit some candles and showed Jackson how much I love him. He didn't get to eat the cupcake for breakfast but we put in it his lunch. :) Once the boys left, the mess was much enjoyed by all the kitty cats. They loved it...but I had to watch out for them trying to eat the paper and strings.

I was happy that his day started off well and I went back to bed. Later that evening we had another birthday celebration with Jackson's personalized cookie cake. This year he wanted a cookie cake with " Jackson is the Best " with Hershey kisses around the outside! How descriptive he was really was kinda funny...But he got it! 

I can't believe how fast the time is passing. Jackson just turned 12....Brittany Belle is soon to be 13 in less than a week so the years are passing us by. They are not babies any longer and becoming so much more independent. But I have a feeling the teenage years are going to be hell! 

Over the weekend, I got a few projects done including cleaning many of my makeup brushes. They were totally overdue for a good cleaning which took close to an hour. When I was done I was totally happy to have fresh clean makeup brushes. I actually bought a few more... just stay tuned for a haul coming up soon! 

For some reason our garage door stopped working. Scott is not too handy at all but I was glad he was able to get it fixed pretty easily. I guess some screws just came out. I really think most of the houses in our neighborhood were cheaply built. But that's just me. And do you see those beautiful pumpkins!? Our new neighbor friends brought them over for us. How sweet was that!? Omg... I was shocked. They are huge!! We are going to have a lot of fun carving them this week! 

Also this weekend Jackson went out with those sweet neighbors and their son Hunter to the lake to enjoy the day. It was exactly what Jackson needed. He loved it. I am really grateful they got him out doing things I normally don't do such as fishing. I grew up horses but we don't have any now so it was nice that he was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful day in nature. It was nicer than the day I had! 

This weekend for me was kinda disappointing in few ways. Scott has been working a ton of hours at work. Seriously. Getting up at 6am, getting Jackson to school around 7:30 am and is working by 8am. He isn't getting home until 8-8:30pm at the earliest. He comes home tired. I get about 45 minutes to one hour of his time before he is in the shower and bed. Even on Saturdays. So when Sunday popped up, I really had hoped we would spend some time together. And while he was home...we still didn't spend any meaningful time together. He was out mowing grass that didn't need cut while I stayed inside frustrated I felt alone on a day he was home. Yea... it was kinda disappointing. However, he had a free day and thought he better get some of the things around the house done while he could. That's totally normal. I understand that too. I guess we both just had different ideas of how the day was going to go...and clearly they were not the same.  I am very thankful he is working. I really am. When he was here off for 2 weeks in between jobs it was hard to enjoy the time because I was worried. Now he is working his ass off and never home, I still don't like it. Where is the balance? His work leaves no time for his family. It's nuts. And he makes a good living so it's not like he can go off and sell scooters and make the same kind of money. So I guess I just have to deal with it until whenever. Which is why Sunday was so important to me. Jackson was even gone all day giving us the perfect time to spend with each other. I am sure there will be better weekends in the future but right now it's hard. It was just a difficult day and honestly, I still don't feel so good about it. But I am going to try to shake it off and move on. Really, I don't have any other choice. Time to fake it till I make it. I have lots to keep me busy anyway....here's my to do list. I do want to say this is my list for the week...not the day!
  • Clean up back deck. From my normal view in the living room, it looks like crap. Gotta change the view!
  • Update chalkboard walls with menu and life reminders for this week. 
  • Do my weekly cleaning on Tuesdays. I just think it will work out better. so guess what!? No cleaning today. :)
  • Get Brittany's Birthday gift ordered. This year we are going for Uggs of course. Thank goodness I found a great deal on them. 
  • Menu plan for the upcoming weeks. 
  • Order more firewood this week sometime. 
  • Clean up and organize our spare bedroom. It really needs it. 
  • Make Jackson a Dr. Appointment...its time for a check up and flu shot. 
  • While the weather is still kinda of warm during the days, give all the kitty cats a bath. Even when I blow dry them, they stay cold for days. 
  • Remember forgiveness when it comes to my family...and patience. 
  • Quick clean up of coat closet. The boys have destroyed any kind of organization it once had. 
  • Deal with Jackson's school system.....which SUCKS.  I am thinking of moving him to a Montessori school... but still not sure.  
  • Clean the railings on the stairs. Its amazing how fast they get dirty. 
  • Delete old shows off the DVR....you know, to make room for new weekly shows! 
  • Spend 15 minutes each day in the garage. I need to get it done before it gets cold. 
  • Laundry....laundry....laundry...I'm always washing, drying, and putting away laundry. 
  • Work on the overwhelming job of sorting mail, filing, and paying bills. 
  • Remember to meditate in the mornings...sadly it did not happen today. 
  • Finish updating Sony drivers. I really want to make this computer run as good as possible and run as long as possible. I love this laptop and haven't found another that I like yet. 
  • Scoop kitty boxes....yuck.
  • Try to stay ahead with the videos this week to make things easier. 
  • Pray more. I have a very close girlfriend who had me crying the other night when she told me they are pretty sure she has thyroid cancer. I grew up with her and she is seriously one of the best people and role models on the planet. I would be devastated if something happened to her. I am going to lift her so high in my prayers and I hope you will too. ♥ 
  • Pre order some Christmas gifts that I think a lot of family members will like. 
  • Call my sister. We haven't talked in days... hummmmmm. what is going on with you Laci Renee!? 
  • Be grateful for the little things. 
  • Dump photos on phone....its just running too slow. 
  • Brush Cooper out with shedding brush to get off a lot of that loose fur. And I need to continue to work his ass out on the treadmill. 
  • Carve Pumpkins on Wednesday! We love doing that as a family. 
  • Get Jackson enrolled in Karate. Yep.. he's going. 
  • I still need to cut the basil back. Another week has passed I haven't done it.
  • Dye hair... the grey is showing. 
  • Have more electronic free time. That's hard when you blog and make youtube videos. Social media is everything. But disconnected sometimes is nice. 
  • Write letter to my sons Grandmother...I am not wanting to but it's time. 
  • Make a fun Friday Halloween dinner! Stay tuned for a Halloween Vlog!

Here's some inspiration to take along with you through this week..

Thank you to everyone who helped changed that GFC # for me. You will have to watch the video around 44:05 to know what I am talking about but the number has changed...Thank you. You guys are seriously some of the best blog and youtube friends on the planet. People ask me all the time why I do this... I do it because I love it and I also love the friendships I have formed because of it. Have a great week.